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For more than three decades, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the world’s finest saltwater destinations. Our diverse fishery, with the opportunity to land bonefish, permit and tarpon on any given day, sets Turneffe Flats apart from other destinations. Turneffe’s crystal clear, wadeable flats make bonefishing a consistent mainstay of our fishing. Turneffe is also one of a select group of saltwater destinations offering anglers the opportunity to experience the excitement of casting to tailing permit every month of the year. Additionally, Turneffe is home to large, migratory tarpon between April and October with resident tarpon caught throughout the year. Snook, snapper, jacks and variety of other species, round out an exceptionally diverse fishery.
Turneffe Atoll is the largest of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere, and is best-known for its variety of saltwater fishing. Turneffe Flats is located on a remote, picturesque point featuring white sand beach and coconut palms. An expansive bonefish flat is right outside your front door and a healthy coral reef is only a stone’s throw away.
Turneffe Flats Resort
What to expect fly fishing Turneffe Atoll
For more than three decades, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the world’s premier flats fishing destinations combining a remarkable fishery with excellent English-speaking guides, top-notch equipment, superior accommodations and service. The ability to sight-fish for BONEFISH, PERMIT and TARPON on any given day makes Turneffe one of the few places where a Grand Slam is always a possibility.
- 6:00AM: Wake
- 6:30AM: Breakfast
- 7:00AM: Depart for flats
- 8:00AM- 4:30PM: Fishing
- 5:30PM: Back at the lodge
- 7:00PM: Dinner
Bonefish have been a primary target of Turneffe Flats’ anglers for more than 30 years. While wading the expansive flats on the seaward side of Turneffe, you will regularly see large schools of bonefish providing an unequaled opportunity for new saltwater anglers to learn the basics of the sport. There are also plenty of challenging opportunities for those who enjoy stalking larger fish (some in excess of 10 pounds) in skinny water. Our ocean-side flats are some of the most picturesque flats anywhere.
Permit are the prime objective of many anglers at Turneffe Atoll. With Turneffe Flats leading the way, Belize has gained a reputation as the permit capital of the world. Many guests have celebrated their first-ever permit with us and many return year after year to take advantage of Turneffe’s exceptional permit fishery.
Most permit are found as singles or in small groups on the flats and bars throughout the atoll, although we also frequently see larger schools of permit tailing in shallow water. Most of our permit fishing is done from a poled skiff but there is also excellent wade fishing for permit on our ocean-side flats.
Tarpon are perhaps the ultimate challenge of saltwater fly fishing. Although there are always some resident tarpon to be found, our migratory tarpon season extends from mid-April to October. Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the Atoll and most tarpon jumped are 60-90 pounds, with some fish in the 100-150 pound range and occasional monsters approaching 200 pounds.
The interior of the Turneffe Atoll offers miles of mangrove-lined bays, creeks and lagoons to fish for snook, various species of snapper, jacks and barracuda with poppers or Clouser minnows. This can be some very exciting saltwater fishing with either a fly rod or spinning gear.
Barracuda are an underrated and acrobatic game fish inhabiting the reefs at Turneffe in large numbers. Some anglers prefer to troll a fly for them, but they can also be taken by sight casting on the flats or by casting poppers into the deeper holes along the reef.
Along the reef, wading anglers can take snappers and jacks by casting deceiver patterns or poppers into the surf. Spending some time during your stay at Turneffe “chasing” other species is always fun and usually rewarding.
Turneffe Flats: The Best Fly Fishing Lodge in Belize
The social center of Turneffe Flats is our Lodge which features a beautiful mahogany bar, spacious sitting area and the dining room. The sitting area is a great spot to enjoy tales of the day and a beverage of your choice before dinner. Incredible views from the upper and lower decks make this a favorite spot to relax and enjoy the tropical sea breeze.
We understand that the small details are important for a great vacation. With this in mind, we offer a number of amenities to make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. You are welcome to use our infinity pool and sit-on-top kayaks anytime you like, or snorkel some beautiful coral heads from our dock.
You can keep in touch with family, friends and business colleagues with (limited) wifi and satellite telephone. A small conference center is available, and you can schedule a relaxing massage or catch that important game on satellite television.
Food and Beverages
Meals are a delicious combination of Belizean and International dishes. Fresh seafood, local produce and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Depending upon your plans and your preference, you have the option to take a packed lunch or return for lunch each day.
Following hors d’oeuvres and refreshments in the evening, dinner is comprised of soup or salad, entree and a delicious dessert. Entrees vary among seafood, chicken, pork and beef and we do our best to accommodate special dietary needs. Our bar is located in the Lodge just adjacent to the dining area with plenty of open space to gather after a day of fishing, diving and adventure.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard stay is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as one of Belize’s premier saltwater fly fishing, SCUBA diving and marine eco-tourism destinations. Located on the incredibly beautiful Turneffe Atoll, we specialize in superior service for a limited number of guests.
Explore all of the wonders and the beauty of the Turneffe Atoll. Our unique marine eco-adventure experience features world-class snorkeling, birding, wildlife sightseeing and several other fun and informative activities. If you are so-inclined, you can stay at the resort and lounge at the pool or on our beach. Every day offers a great new adventure and a perfect opportunity to relax – that’s what our Atoll Adventure is all about.
Atoll Adventurers choose from a variety of daily guided activities led by Abel Coe or another experienced Atoll Adventure guide, all of whom are informative and fun. Our 25 foot canopied boat is at your guide’s disposal for exploring the reefs, mangroves, creeks and lagoons that make Turneffe the largest and most biologically-diverse atoll in the Caribbean. Turneffe’s warm Caribbean waters, extensive sea life and and vibrant corals make snorkeling one activity that you will definitely want to experience. Our guides are masters at helping everyone feel comfortable in the water and beginners can learn to snorkel on our sandy shore before visiting the reef. With at least 60 species of birds at Turneffe, birding is another highlight. You may also want to tour the atoll looking for manatees and dolphins or enjoy an afternoon kayaking. Our Atoll Adventure Program is a very flexible and is tailored to fit the particular interests of each group.
Details about fly fishing at Turneffe Flats
Upcoming Turneffe Flats Dates Available:
- November 4th-11th, 2017 NOW BOOKING $4085 per angler
Packages Include: 7 nights lodging and 6 days fishing, round trip transfers between the airport and the lodge, 3 meals per day and hors d’oeuvres, daily laundry service, bottled water, juice, coffee and tea, and all guided fishing (2 anglers to a guide)
Packages do not include:
- Mainland USA or international flights to Belize
- Beer and sodas at the Lodge
- Gratuities for the guides and staff
- Exit Fee of $40
- Travel Insurance and Global Rescue
Travel Documents Needed
DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT. A valid passport is required to enter Belize. We recommend that you carry a change of clothing and your necessary personal items such as medications in your carry-on bag. Although we have not had a substantial problem with lost luggage, this can help prevent some major headaches. Keep the bottom portion of your Immigration Form, which you will fill out on your arriving flight. It will be used when you depart Belize.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, de-laminated, or damaged in any way.
Travel Arrangements & Insurance
Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics. Contact us at 303.494.1375 or email@example.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance. FRA requires all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.
At time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. if within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance is strongly advised & recommended.